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    Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has signed a contract extension with Juventus till 2015, the Turin club announced Wednesday.

    MOSCOW, January 23 (R-Sport) – Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has signed a contract extension with Juventus till 2015, the Turin club announced Wednesday.

    The deal was a compromise after Buffon, 34, had sought a 12-month extension whereas the club was after a three-year contract.

    “I would have turned down any offers from other clubs anyway,” Buffon said in televised comments.

    “Juventus has become a lifestyle for me. I have a close connection with the fans, which is very important. Now I want to win the trophies that have slipped away from me, starting with the Champions League.”

    The goalkeeper’s agent also confirmed that Buffon had agreed to a salary cut to €1.5 million.

    Buffon has been with Juventus since 2001, winning five Italian titles, two of which were later revoked.

    Buffon won the World Cup with Italy in 2006, making a total of 123 international appearances, the third-highest total behind Fabio Cannavaro and Paolo Maldini.

    Juventus currently lead Serie A, and face Celtic in the Champions League round of 16.

     

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